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Palaeoecological study of Rockland Broad

Davidson, TA; Appleby, PG; Clarke, G; Morley, D; Rose, N; Sayer, CD; Tuffin, S; (2008) Palaeoecological study of Rockland Broad. (ECRC Research Report 124 ). UCL Environmental Change Research Centre: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The decline in ecological quality and conservation value of European fresh waters is an all too common phenomenon. In lowland Britain the main anthropogenic impact on aquatic systems is that associated with elevated nutrient loading. The Broads are internationally important wetlands spanning a number of river basins in East Anglia. The Broads have suffered, along with other wetlands, and it is chiefly eutrophication that has had a deleterious effect on the system (Mason & Bryant 1975, Moss 1977) with a resultant decline in their ecological quality and conservation value. One of the changes in the ecological structure and functioning of shallow lakes in response to enrichment is an alteration in their macrophyte flora (Ris & Sand-Jensen 2001) and in extreme cases there may be the complete loss of submerged plants (Scheffer et al. 1993). The loss of the diversity of the macrophyte flora in the Broads is perhaps the main factor in the decline in their conservation value.

Type: Report
Title: Palaeoecological study of Rockland Broad
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/research-centr...
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112970
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